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of the government, the current effort in afghanistan and condition of the u.s. economy, all referenced in the president's speech. here is how you can talk to us the first half hour. president obama saying last night it is time to turn the page. your interpretation of that. phone, e-mail, or twitter. again, if you want to give an e- mail, journal@c-span.org and twitter, go to twitter and then c-spanwj. "the washington post" use is that " for its story tonight. turning to "the new york times." and going to "usa today" -- again, the president quote. conn. mary on hours democrats line. caller: good morning, pedro. i wanted to say how proud i am of president obama fulfilling another of his campaign commitments. i wish to the iraqi people well in governing themselves. and i agree with the president that it is time that we concentrates on our economy and what happened to the people in the middle class. i hope he does stand strong on inundating -- eliminating the tax credit that was given to the very wealthy, by discontinuing that at the end of the year. host: raleigh, north carolina. john, re
>> sean: thank you we'll have more tomorrow night. as always thank you for being with us. let not your heart be troubled, the news continues. greta is gonna take it away see you tomorrow night. thanks for b >> good wednesday morning, everyone. september 1st, 2010. i'm gretchen carlson. thanks for sharing your time. hurricane earl has been downgraded now thankfully to a category 3 storm. winds are tearing through the atlantic. >> president obama announcing the end of the combat mission in iraq saying it's time to turn the page. >> i spoke to former president george w. bush. it's well known that he and i disagreed from the war from the output. >> after a short salute to president bush, he moves on to the economy. what's the real message here? we'll break it down. >> results are in for alaska's republican primary. finally it was the party favorite vs. the palin-backed tea party candidate. who won? we'll tell you who the official winner was and who gave the concession speech. "fox & friends" meanwhile starts right now. >> all right. it's september 1st, a little earth, wind and
. >> put that on the list. thanks for inviting us into your home tonight. that's it for this "special report." fair, balanced and unafraid. on-line show is now. >> a bizarre hours long hostage stand-off ends with a dead suspect in suburban d.c. and a world of questions. tonight, the man who wanted the discovery tv networks to save the planet and went to their corporate headquarters with a gun. what may have been explosives and a long list of demands. plus you are looking live, the east room in the white house. any minute now, we're expecting the president to make an appearance with the leaders involved in the brand new round of mideast peace talks. senior white house correspondent major garrett has all the details live. plus hurricane warning. earl has strengthened again and is now charting its course. tonight from north carolina to maine. what to watch and when. i'm sheppard smith. the news starts now. >> all along the eastern seaboard, the feds are warning be ready to go. some folks in north carolina already scrambling to get out of harm's way. >> on hatteras and the islands, they
this together in the clinton administration. the u.s. president who got the closest to getting these two parties to put ink to paper and create a deal. this president now creating a long list of previous u.s. presidents in trying to get two leaders who are weak at the moment to sit down and do tough business. >> i've had discussion, as i know you have, with president clinton, he looks back on what was miss hg in that opportunity, at the tail end of his administration, when arafat and ehud barak, the then prime minister, was very close to a deal, and one of the problems was arafat didn't have the support he thought he needed from saudi arabia, from other arab countries like egypt and this time, president clinton, they are deliberately bringing in some other outside support to back up president abbas of the palestinian authority, to make sure he didn't feel isolated in making the kinds of tough decisions they're going to have to make. >> the white house has just given the two-minute warning which will mean you will see the leaders come down and walk into the east room where they'll make the statem
, are these people for or against us, it's really taking a toll on the community. >> well, there's been a moving in murfreesboro, one form or another, for 30 years and a spokeswoman says the existing one is too small. this is what they got approve toll build, where the suspected arson took place this weekend, that's the plan. a ball field, playground, burial ground, walking path swaz mosque. for the money, organizers say on the website 95% of it is from local donations. for the opposition, people have defaced and destroyed signs of the mosque, rallied against it the message you can see on the sign says "not welcome" and now, what appears to be arson. during a recent 700 club segment titled megamoving nation, pat robertson singled out the center, he's not in favor of churches being built or other restricts on freedom of religion but said this is not about religion. >> mark my word, if they start brings thousands and thousands of muslims into that relatively rural area, the next thing you know, they're going to be taking over the city council. then they're going to be having an ordinance that call
this be it? show us your pictures. bill: let's hope this is not it. see you tomorrow, bye bye. jenna: hi everybody, hope you're off to a good day so fark i'm jenna lee. jon: i'm off to a good day. i'm jon scott, top box, a live look at the white house, president obama meeting with israeli prime minister benjamin nath use hoo, later today, we'll meet with mahmoud abbas, palestinian lead. what.sides are saying about peace in the middle east. jenna: just days after sanctions against knot korea, there's word the rogue nation has made a direct move to evade them. what the north is accused of doing. jon in the bottom box, the power of sarah palin, she backed joe miller in alaska's senate primary race and the virtual unknown candidate took down the incumbent. what does it mean for palin's political future? we're right here in the fox newsroom, breaking news coming in from across the country, our domestic desk, watching local news, our world desk watching events around the globe and our media deck, bringing you event sos we can watch it immediately. jen earl is prompting evacuation orders, folks
, the local police chief here confirmed that the gunman was shot dead at 4:48 eastern and officers used lethal force to take him out. he confirmed that the suspect which we identified as james lee entered the building at approximately 1:00 eastern. he carried with him a vest, and also a gun. in addition, we learned a few minutes ago he had two boxes. and two back packs. police here are still work ing under the theory that the boxes and back packs still in the building behind me may contain explosives. we learned that negotiation process or a communication began with the gunman. it went on for a couple of hours and then around 4:00, things were not going well and the tension was ratcheting up. at this point, tactical officers had moved in to the ground forearea of the discover -- ground floor area of the discovery building and they were able to see the gunman james lee with a camera that was now in place. just before 4:48, the suspect pulled out the handgun and pointed it at the hostage. one of the hostages. it was at that point that the police here felt that the hostages were in imminent dange
was the official hand jomp as u.s. forces stepped back into a supporting and training role. >> ending this war is not only in iraq's interest, it's in our own. the united states has paid a huge price to put the future of iraq in the hands of its people. through this remarkable chapter and the history of the united states and iraq, we have met our responsibilities. now it's time to turn the page. >> william cohen served as defense secretary under president bill clinton and is now with the cohen group. mr. secretary k-we turn the page? >> well, the page has been turned in the sense that the combat mission is over, combat will continue. it's still a very volatile, dangerous region, and we're going to don't see more assaults launched against the iraqi people, against the 50,000 soldiers who remain there. the real question for me is what's going happen to the remaining 50,000, how will they be down sized in the coming year. what struck me about last night's speech was that the president talked about conditionality on the ground in afghanistan, in other words the reductions that are coming next summ
. bill karins tracking this storm very closely for us and how does it look right snow. >> the storm weakened from a category 4 to a 3. looks like we're going through another burst of intensification. you can see it right there. a clearing of an eye and that is usually the storm is tightening itself up and the winds will increase slightly during the day today. warm water out ahead of it and we do not expect much more weakening by the time it gets out towards north carolina. the hurricane hunter aircraft is just on its way in. now the next storm, the next hurricane hunter aircraft will be in there probably another three hours from now. until then we'll have to look and get estimates on the satellite of how strong earl is. the wind field 125 mi-mile-per-r winds. as we go into friday, our computer models, we have been watching these closely. when you see the pink line to the right, that would be a hard-glancing blow. the line all the way to the left in the blue would be huge problems. we'll end up with something in the middle and that's what the hurricane forecast is as of now. cat 3 to
memphis three. right now "ac 360" and anderson cooper. anderson? >>> thanks for joining us. tonight, president obama declares the combat mission over in iraq. the real question, though, what his direction will be going forward in iraq, afghanistan, of course, here at home. did we get any answers tonight? we'll talk about that with david gergen, peter gergen, fareed zakaria, paul begala, and a lot more. >>> also, growing fear and opposition to a mosque in the buckle of the bible belt, growing fears within the mosque. worshippers now afraid of their neighbors in some cases, and the fear is growing. local muslims getting police protection after an apparent arson attack. we'll ask a leading opponent of the mosque why she thinks her neighbors have been practicing islam in the area for decades should not be allowed to build a new place of worship. we'll hear from a member of the congregation. >>> a late update on earl, still a category 4 monster, heading for the east coast. we could know more about it, when and where it's going to hit, and we'll bring that to you first. >>> but we begin t
the east coast. dave price is live on the scene and will tell us where it's headed and when it may hit. >>> turning the page. in a prime time address, president obama says now that u.s. combat operations in iraq are over, it's time to move on and put the focus back on our home soil. >> our most urgent task is to restore our economy and put the millions of americans who lost their jobs back to work. >> we'll hear from both sides of the aisles in interviews with vice president biden and senator john mccain. >>> and the battle ahead. legendary actor michael douglas opens up to david letterman about his fight with cancer. >> i finished my first week of radiation and chemo. and it's about an eight-week struggle. >> why douglas is optimistic he'll make a full recovery "early" this wednesday morning, he'll make a full recovery "early" this wednesday morning, september 1, 2010. captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning, everybody. morning to the folks outside. good crowd out there already on the corner of a59th and 5th. i'm harry smith. >> i'm erica hill. a lot of energy at the top of the hour
's going to be -- any time there is a use of deadly force by police officers it's a long investigation and that will go through the investigative process. >> was he threatening the hostages? >> based on the information that we had, we believed that it was -- that the hostages' lives were in danger. >> was he becoming more agitated? >> i don't know the order in which he went down and the explosive device went off. >> was he becoming more agitated? were you concerned about him? >> we had been talking to him for several hours and he had a wide range of emotions during our negotiations. >> what was his complaint direct aetd t directed at the discovery communications building? >> i don't have all that information. i know he had some history with the folks at discovery channel and i believe in fact that he was arrested here a couple years ago and so we -- there is some history between he and the discovery folks. >> is he still in one piece? >> i don't know. i don't have any information on the condition of the suspect. >> was he dead? >> i don't have any information on the condition of the su
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secretary robert gates is meeting with u.s. and iraqi forces. this is taking place at camp ramadi. this is video from just a short time ago. secretary gates telling american soldiers they'll still work with iraqis on kourcounterterrorism do a lot of training and advising. >>> last night president obama paying tribute to the americans who served in the war. nearly 1 1/2 million troops. he didn't give any credit to former president bush's surge strategy. >> because of our troops, and civilians, and because of the resilience of the iraqi people, iraq has the opportunity to embrace a new destiny. even though many challenges remain. so tonight i am announcing that the american combat mission in iraq has ended. "operation iraqi freedom" is over and the iraqi people now have lead responsibility for the security of their country. >> our team of reporters covering this story like only cnn can from all sides of the globe this morning. suzanne malveaux is at the white house. getting reaction from the administration. chris lawrence is with our american forces in camp victory in iraq. chris, s
that responsibility. to use those resources properly. to rebuild their country and establish some kind of democratic government there in iraq. you know, he also pointed out, however, that since the u.s. military will remain there for some time, he's still optimistic that all of the u.s. military could be out by the end of 2011 and pointed out that if that were to change, the iraqis would be the ones that would have to change it and gates himself doesn't think that would be politically viable for the iraqis to do that. and, finally, when asked if the war was worth it, gates, actually, thought about this for a minute before saying, look, the problem is no matter how much success the u.s. military may have had, how much success the u.s. government will have in the coming months in helping put together some kind of democratic institutions there in iraq, the war itself will always be clouded by the fact that the u.s. went to war on an invalid proposition that saddam hussein had the weapons of mass destruction. >> all right, nbc jim mic miklaszewski at the pentagon for us. thank you, mik. >> you bet. >>>
's going -- any time there's a use of deadly force by police officers, it's a long investigation and that will go through the investigative process. >> was he threatening the hostages at that point? >> based on the information that we had, we believed that it was -- that the hostages' lives were in danger. >> was he shot from the inside? >> i don't know the answer to that. >> just to be clear, once he was shot, the explosives went off? >> i don't know the order in which he went down and the explosive device went off. >> [ inaudible question ] >> we had been talking to him for several hours, and he had a wide range of emotions during our negotiations. >> and what was his complaint directed at the discovery communications building? >> you know, i don't have all that information. i know that he had some history with folks at discovery channel, and i believe in fact that he was arrested here a couple of years ago, and so we -- there is some history between he and the discovery folks. >> when the explosion went off, was he wearing it? >> i -- i don't know. i don't have any information
trigger other evacuations within the watch and warning areas. >> give us an area, from where to where do you recommend that people are very conscious about this storm? >> all right, i would take anywhere along the north carolina coast, tropical storm conditions in the far southeast, all the way up to the virginia beach area because that's the area that will be impacted as early as tomorrow on into tomorrow night and early friday morning. depending on how far offshore it is, we may have a problem friday into saturday for southern new england and the eastern tip of long island, but everywhere along the east coast should monitor the track of this in case there's an unexpected shift to the west. >> when you talk about a sudden shift, you're worried about the eye of the storm, whether it will go closer to land? >> that's absolutely correct. we'll put a different graphic up here, this shows you the win shear as it goes across cape hatteras. in that area it's hurricane force winds. if the track was further west, it would bring hurricane winds. of course you'll have tropical storm force winds al
promised these folks if they helped us, we would keep them safe. it's about doing the decent thing, keeping our word. something that is very wrong slightly more right. that does it for us tonight. we'll see you tomorrow night. countdown with keith olbermann starts right now. >>> which of these stories will you be talking about tomorrow? the president's speech tonight, combat operations are still over in iraq. >> operation iraqi freedom is over. the iraqi people now have lead responsibility for the security of their country. >> meanwhile, the right misses steer yously equates leaving iraq with winning in iraq. for once, congressman mike pence wants credit to be given to a predecessor who refused to accept defeat. you mean in 2007? poll acts. the generic congressional vote poll swing wildly again. now it's gop plus ten. claws unveil in alaska. the miller retract after he said this about korkowski. >> we're following a complaint where that happened. we're keeping a close eye on the process. >>> a fundamentalist difference. wanting to build a prayer building two blocks from ground zero
the defense secretary robert gates is in iraq meeting with u.s. troops as they formally end their combat mission there. gates's plan touched down hours after president obama told americans it was time to turn the page on iraq. fewer than 50 nourks troops rema remain. president obama did not declare victory in iraq but did say the u.s. gave the iraqi people a chance to shape their future. tracie potts has the latest from washington. >> reporter: now with the military operation in iraq over, president obama says our next big mission is right here at home. >> the american combat mission in iraq has ended. >> reporter: with dwcombat troo out of iraq, he announced a new mission. >> restore our economy and put the millions of americans back to work. >> reporter: he blamed massive deficits of financing a decade of war with borrowed money. his focus now, jobs and afghanistan. >> open-ended war serves neither our interests nor the afghan peoples. >> reporter: republicans criticize the president for opposing the bush surge that turned it around in iraq. >> some leaders who fought tooth and nail to
'll throw us off the island. that's all right. we'll just camp somewhere else. >>> in virginia, the navy is also preparing, ready to move 35 ships at naval station norfolk out of harm's way if necessary. >>> and not knowing what earl will do, people like these boaters are going ahead and making plans as far north as massachusetts. another threat, rip currents. red flags posted along many beaches warning about danger. about 65 people were pulled from the water in virginia beach yesterday. a hurricane couldn't come for a worst time for business that depends on tourism dollars from the labor day weekend. some travelers are starting to cancel hotel reservations ahead of the storm. before we bring in chad myers, i want to show you this video from one of our i-reporters. earl whipped up very strong winds in saint kit's, causing some boats to wash ashore. this was yesterday in saint kits. let's do what we have to do. this is your hurricane headquarters at cnn, and when there is a hurricane, chad is our man on it. chad, what have you got? >> ali, the problem with this storm is that it's not a ca
. they'll play another tune for us. that wraps it up. >> eric: magic man will be the tune. carolina. hurricane earl is a powerful category 3 storm. winds at 125 miles per hour off the coast of cape hatteras. it could make its way up to maine by the weekend. full fox coverage including the latest from the hurricane center out of miami. there is a fox news alert. jobs. the private sector lost 10,000 jobs in august. it's going the wrong way, that arrow is. martha: turn these things around. this report does not include government jobs. it's just private sector jobs. it's clearly a sign the economy is struggling to get back on its feet. bill: varney and company, what do you think of this? >> we were supposed to be adding hundreds of thousands of new private sector jobs each and every month. that where we were supposed to be. but we lost 10,000 jobs in the month of august in the private sector. they were spread around, small business 6,000, medium size business, net, net, 10,000 jobs. they are at the heart of our economic problems and the concerns coming up for november. president obama i
in the midterms. stay with us. see you tomorrow night on "the ed show." >>> vote union. let's play "hardball." >>> good evening, i'm chris matthews up in new york. whose side are you on? could tough times turn out to be the firewall democrats have been looking for? could economic resentiment have an anti-big shot sentiment that breaks the republican surge? white working class voters, unions are working hard to keep them in the democratic column. can they do it? >>> plus, just as democrats try to turn the tables on republicans over the economy, some top republicans are suddenly adopting gay marriage as a conservative cause. more and more elite republicans are saying government should support marriage, period. who saw that coming? >>> also about last night, president obama's speech on iraq pleased the right wing and enraged the left. how did that happen? >>> plus, busted. we've got the goods on that whopper that glenn beck told at his rally on saturday. and let me finish with some advice on democrats how they can deny republicans all-out victory this november. let's start with what labor is do
so we'll get hit from atlantic side then as it goes past us we'll get more of a west wind and we're going get hit from the sound side. so we could really get a double whammy here on the outer banks when it comes to flooding. as you can see you mentioned the beach, the red flags have goern up, they are urging information stay out of the water. i was here 24 hours ago. surf is definitely higher than it was yesterday. rip current is going to be a big risk. overall, contessa, your mentioned the evacuation, a lot of people asking us, it looks like the i-95 corridor eastbound type of event. >> thank you for keeping us in the loop. let's get to bill karins tracking the path of earl. >> this is going over the top of where stefanie is about 24 to 36 hours from now. it's the time frame of when we watch our reporters blowing in the wind. as far as the storm goes still a category 3. a stloormg. going to have wide impacts up and down the coast. this is not the forecast path for a worst case scenario. that would be right along the coastline with the eye of the storm raking up from north caroli
. >> they are trying to figure us out. they should keep news two separate places, i do believe. good to see you guys this morning. you will have a good one. we are going to pick up on what they were talking about there. this hurricane, massive hurricane. hurricane earl. it is making its way. there it is. it is big, powerful and going to be a menace. we don't know how big of a menace just yet. the east coast, literally from the carolinas to maine. you just heard from kiran, some evacuations are getting under way. more could be coming. we are your hurricane headquarters. we will be live for you along the coast. have the very latest for you with our jacqui jeras who is here as well. it is never too early to start saving for college. it is getting more and more esses expense ive. look at these little guys. they are putting money into the bank for their college tuition they are going to use in about 13 years or so. we will explain that. >>> again, we are your hurricane headquarters. the talk about this hurricane, hurricane earl right mao. it is a category 3. it went from category 4 to category 3. do not
? >> luckily, we have cut the barnicle with some chris jansing and mr. dan senor is with us and margaret carlson, bloomberg news political columnist and washington editor of the week, good to have you with us. >> good to be with you. >> dan, you were in iraq within weeks of the invasion. >> vi day as you said to me earlier. i was underwhelmed by the speech. i thought it was lacking any context about where we go from here. i think the elephant in the room for many iraqis, and for many men and women in our military is will we go back? will we ever have to go back? how do we prevent ever going back? saying we're leaving and the end of it doesn't seem like sufficient. i think there are two scenarios for iraq. one is that it basically shrinks and becomes a glorified province of iran and gets swallowed up by iran or, two, we abandon the iraqis so much and they feel so alone that the only way they can defend themselves is they built an army of saddam proportions something of one former general said to me, a military that not only can play home games but can play away games, too. that is destabi
>>> thanks for joining us. president obama declares combat mission over. the question is what is the direction going forward. did we get answers tonight? we'll talk about that with my guests. also tonight, growing fear and opposition to a mosque in the buckle of the bible belt, and growing fears within the mosque, worshippers are afraid of their neighbors in some cases and the fear is growing. local muslims getting police protection after an apparent arson attack. we'll ask the leaders why she thinks they are praying there for decades and should not be able to build this place of worship. >>> and an update on earl. a category 4 monster, still heading for the east coast. we could know more about it, when and where it will hit and we'll bring that to you first. >>> but we begin, efforts to stop the mosque. not the one two blocks from ground zero here in new york but one in mo more missboro, tennessee. the spokeswoman for the mosque says they are scared. >> it's very hard to explain to children what's going on. it's very hard to explain to little kids, when they ask you, mommy, a
the u.s. military as it gave control officially to iraqis and stepped back into the supporting role. but biden told "today" show's matt lauer it doesn't mean the u.s. forces are now out of the fight. >> we still have 50,000 troops in place who can shoot straight, who are totally capable of combat if that became necessary in the interim. >> well, the president is now making a quick pivot to the next foreign policy challenge. it is a big one. posting the first big face to face talks between israeli and palestinian leaders in two years. mike baa caro is joining us here with the latest. >> reporter: peace between the israelis and arabs is a goal that has frustrated the presidents since 1947, but this is the scene of one in 1979 where jimmy carter and anwar sat here on the front of the white house lawn. and today george mitchell is telling reporters that there's a window of opportunity now for a two-state solution between the israelis and the palestinians. the first direct talks in almost two years. the first thing on the table is some short-term business. that settlement moratorium on t
, the long road home. as president obama said last night, the u.s. combat mission in iraq has come to an end. >> when our brave fighting men and women arrive back home there will be many smiling faces waiting for them. >> reporter: surprised faces overflowing with tears and love. for everyone, long journey ended. stru hugs so tight they seem to squeeze the months of worry away. there's the 10-year-old who made brave video diaries. >> master sergeant joe meyers is in iraq right now. >> not knowing, later at school -- >> there's my daughter. >> hey, baby. come here. >> daddy! >> reporter: in another classroom, a navy s.e.a.l., senior chief terry doss, appearing in daughter terian's third grade. waiti ining one year for daddy come home. >> reporter: and in san antonio, texas, another surprise. little taylor rias can't believe her eyes. >> i was thinking it was something different but it was my daddy. >> reporter: eight months without him, an eternity for a 5-year-old. >> it's a real joy to see her run to me like that. i'm not going to cry. >> reporter: when you're finally together, feeling too
islamic world, to end this rift towards islamic terrorism is to the attack us. i believe that's the central question going to war with iraq that should have been asked and answered. thanks for being with us. right now keith olbermann picks up our coverage adds we await president obama's address. >>> good evening from new york. president barack obama will address the nation a little more than a minute from now. it is time, he will say, to turn the page. turn the page, he will say, in an unusual twist. in a speech about the end of the combat mission in iraq, to focus on jobs at home. it was september 11th, 2001, that defense secretary donald rumsfeld, according to former bush adviser, richard clark, said afghanistan didn't have enough targets to bomb. iraq has lots of good targets. on october 31st, 2003, according to an official british account of their meeting, president bush said he was considering flying a plane to draw fire, providing a rationale to invade, even if inspectors found no evidence of wmd. on march 19th, the united states invaded iraq. the war would drag on for s
and answered. we went to that war, and it never was. that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "countdown" with keith olbermann starts right now. >>> which of these stories will you be talking about tomorrow? the president's speech tonight. combat operations are still he over in iraq. >> "operation iraqi freedom is over. and the iraqi people now have lead responsibility for the security of their country. >> meanwhile, the right mysteriously equates leaving iraq with winning in iraq. for once, writes congressman mike pence, let's hope the president gives credit to a predecessor who refused to accept defeat. you mean in 2000? democratic enthusiasm pole-axed. the generic congressional vote poll swings wildly again. now it's gop plus 10. claws unbeared in alaska. the murkowski-miller recount and the miller retract after he said this about murkowski. >> we now there have been some attempts to do some things outside of the sxwookz we're filing complaints where that happens, but we're keeping a close eye on the process. >>> a fundamentalist religion which condemns other faiths, demon
hurricane, very closely. earl makes his way towards us. he's still on track to sideswipe the east coast, with hurricane watches for north carolina and virginia. evacuations are under way in north carolina this morning. sam is there. and we'll have the very latest for us this morning. >> it moved a little east overnight. still a serious threat. >>> our other top story, the president's address from his new oval office last night. saying after seven years of war in iraq, it's time to turn the page and focus on fixing our economy at home. the official handover ceremony takes place in baghdad today. 50,000 troops will remain in iraq. nearly 100,000 in afghanistan. we'll speak with the vice president about what comes next. >>> and a stunning end to the alaska senate race. republican lisa murkowski concedes the race to joe miller, in what may be one of the biggest upsets in the 2010 election. >> the tea party showing so much strength in the republican primaries. >>> we want to get straight to hurricane earl. it's been almost 20 years since a storm this massive threatens such a large portion of
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